Posts Tagged ‘Painesville trestle’

Super Outing, Super Memories

June 4, 2021

Marty Surdyk, Craig Sanders and myself had a super bowl hours before the NFL game started on February 2, 2014.. All of our photos from that day were all keepers thanks to the unique weather conditions from that day. I miss seeing the “late” former Nickel Plate Road trestle every time I see Norfolk Southern train 206 in the top photo. Seeing NS train 145 in the middle and bottom images always brings a smile to my face.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

I Still Enjoyed Seeing NS 8101 Even in the Gloom

March 17, 2020

Maybe you’ve seen my photograph of the Central of Georgia No. 8101 of Norfolk Southern that I made on May 6, 2018, at west end of the old Nickel Plate Road trestle over the Grand River in Painesville.

I’m pretty sure No. 8101 was leading train 287 at 1:50 p.m. I always loved that photo because the lighting was absolutely perfect and it showed the new bridge under construction.

On Monday the 8101 showed up pulling Train 316 en route to Buffalo, New York, just after 6 p.m. on a gloomy Monday.

It wasn’t as clean as it was when I got it a couple years ago yet I still enjoyed seeing it.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

Old Painesville Trestle Coming Down

October 11, 2018

The rails have been removed and a crane is removing the deck of the old trestle over the Grand River in Painesville. The view is looking westward from Riverside Drive.

Norfolk Southern is wasting no time in removing the 1905 trestle over the Grand River in Painesville following the opening on Sept. 30 of a new bridge.

Work on the new bridge began in March 2017 and the first train to use the structure was eastbound intermodal train 206.

The bridge is part of the NS mainline between Cleveland and Buffalo, New York.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

The old and the new as seen from river level.

A view looking eastward toward both bridges from Bank Street.

Looking west from Bank Street on the west side of the new and old bridges. The old alignment is on the right.

This view looking southward shows a portion of the deck of the old bridge has been removed.

NS Opens New Painesville Bridge

October 1, 2018

Norfolk Southern opened the new bridge in Painesville over the Grand River on Sunday evening.

Akron Railroad Club member Jeff Troutman reported that the first train over the new structure was intermodal train 206, which started across at 6:58 p.m. The train had two locomotives and 45 cars.

Development of the new bridge began in March 2017. The 1,318-foot structure is supported by seven concrete pillars.

It replaces a steel trestle built in 1905 by the Nickel Plate Road that has 14 support structures and is located just north of the new bridge.

The Painesville bridge is part of the NS Lake Erie District that links Cleveland and Buffalo, New York. The line sees 10 to 15 trains per day.

Worth the Wait

May 7, 2018

I saw on Sunday morning that Norfolk Southern train 287 would have the Central of Georgia No.  8101 leading.

Before I went to church in the morning I saw that it was in the Buffalo, New York, area so I was able to attend mass then come home for an update.

After I got home the next post was North East, Pennsylvania, at 9:56 a.m. I figured under normal circumstances it would show around 11:30 a.m. It obviously was held in Conneaut until 206 and 22K passed it.

Because of the delay, the lighting was perfect at 1:50 p.m. at the west end of the Painesville trestle over the Grand River.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinksas

The Old and the New in Painesville

January 26, 2018

The new bridge that Norfolk Southern is building over the Grand River in Painesville is starting to take shape.

Workers have poured the concrete for the piers that will support the yet to be installed deck of the single-track bridge.

Being built just south of the existing trestle erected decades ago by the Nickel Plate Road, the new bridge is expected to open this summer.

Shown above is NS eastbound manifest freight 316 crossing the old trestle.

Erie Heritage Unit Leads 22K

July 16, 2017

I saw on Saturday morning that Erie 1068 was on 22K. I had things to do and got home about 2 p.m. and, luckily,  it wasn’t by yet. I got it at 3:20 p.m. at the Painesville trestle. Each week it will be a different view with all the construction of the new bridge underway.

Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

NKP H Unit on the Original Nickel Plate

August 27, 2016

The Nickel Plate Road heritage locomotive of Norfolk Southern crosses the trestle in Painesville over the Grand River on Aug. 19.

In a modest way this has been my summer to chase Norfolk Southern heritage units.

In the past month, I’ve photographed the Conrail and Nickel Plate Road H units, both on the original rails of the railroad that they celebrate.

Shown above is NS 8100, the NKP heritage unit on original Nickel Plate rails as it crosses the Grand River in Painesville.

I still am searching for many more, including the Erie, New York Central and original Norfolk Southern. So I have a long ways to go to reach all 20.

Photograph by Peter Bowler

My Only Snow Shot of the Season Was the Erie Heritage Locomotive on Painesville Trestle

April 12, 2016

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On Sunday after I got home from church I checked HeritageUnits.com and saw that Norfolk Southern 1068 — the Erie heritage unit — was on the 22K.

Here are my shots at 11:20 a.m. at the Painesville trestle. Actually, these are my only snow shots this season. Also, the trestle is much more visible at this time as compared to mid-summer like when Nickel Plate Road 765 came through last July.

Article and Photographs by Edward Ribinskas

The 765 National Parks Tour Ferry Move

September 13, 2015

Nickel Plate Road No. 765 crosses the trestle over Conneaut Creek and the Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad. Just 20 minutes earlier, a light power move on the ex-B&LE had cruised into Conneaut. If only it had been later or the 765 had been earlier.

Nickel Plate Road No. 765 crosses the trestle over Conneaut Creek and the Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad. Just 20 minutes earlier, a light power move on the ex-B&LE had cruised into Conneaut. If only it had been later or the 765 had been earlier.

Dawn came near the Ohio-Pennsylvania border as we motored eastward on Interstate 90 in search of steam.

Nickel Plate Road No. 765 would be making a 250-mile jaunt over its ancestral route from Buffalo, New York, to Bellevue as part of the third leg of a ferry move from Steamtown National Historic Site to the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

No one suggested it out loud, but it could have been dubbed the National Parks tour because the 765 was going from one facility operated by the National Park Service to another.

I picked up fellow Akron Railroad Club member Peter Bowler at a shopping center in Cleveland’s eastern suburbs and we set out for Westfield, New York, with a planned stop at Bort Road in North East, Pennsylvania, to catch Amtrak’s eastbound Lake Shore Limited.

As it turned out, No. 48 was running an hour late, which worked to our advantage because the lighting was much better when it arrived than it would have been had the train been on time.

There were still mostly clear skies as No. 48 came past, but that was about to change.

During our time at Bort Road we also caught three Norfolk Southern trains versus one CSX train. CSX was single-tracking due to a tie replacement program and trains were backed up.

By the time we reached Westfield, there was still no word from the 765 crew on its Twitter feed as to when they would be leaving Buffalo.

Thanks in part to delays incurred leaving Scranton on Canadian Pacific the day before, the 765 had not reached Buffalo until about 4 a.m. So they were not going to get an early morning start westward out of Buffalo on this day.

We had plenty of time to top off my car’s fuel tank and eat breakfast at the Main Street diner in Westfield.

I highly recommend it. They have some of the best toast I’ve ever had. It is made with homemade whole wheat bread. My Italian sausage omelet with home fries wasn’t too shabby either.

From what we could determine, the original section of the diner used to be a railroad car. A couple of railroad switch lanterns also was part of the decor.

Our objective was to get the 765 crossing the trestle over Chautauqua Creek on the west side of town. After breakfast, we found the trestle and settled in for a long wait.

Shortly after we arrived, NS 316, an eastbound NS manifest freight, went past with two CP units on the point. We had seen this same train at Bort Road more than an hour earlier.

The 316 would turn out to be the last train that we photographed on this day in sunlight as the clouds closed in shortly after we saw it at Bort Road. My guess is that it was held at Ripley, New York, for westbound train 145.

A maintenance gang also had the railroad tied up and would figure in a delay that the 765 would incur later.

The Youngstown Line dispatcher had told the foreman of the gang that he and his crew had to be in the siding near Brocton by 12:30 p.m. They didn’t quite make it and the 765 got held in Dunkirk.

As we were eating breakfast, it began raining. Although the rain had stopped by the time the 765 show up, it was cloudy the rest of the day with occasional breaks in the clouds. None of those came when the 765 was around.

The plan was to try to beat the 765 and its train to the Gulf Road crossing near North East after getting our photographs in Westfield.

Just east of Gulf Road the NS tracks cross Twentymile Creek on a trestle. Getting the 765 on bridges was our theme of the day.

The good news was that we did get to Gulf Road ahead of the 765. The bad news is that the crossing gates were coming down as we arrived.

We had time only to just out of the car and get some grab shots. Walking closer to the trestle was out of the question.

The third photo stop would be the trestle over Conneaut Creek. We considered getting the 765 on the trestle over Walnut Creek in Fairview, Pennsylvania, but I feared getting hung up in traffic on U.S. 20 on the drive to Conneaut.

One of my priorities for the day was to get the 765 crossing Conneaut Creek in a view from the U.S. 20 bridge. Peter and I were the only photographers who attempted that shot.

While waiting for the 765 to show up, we got a bonus when a light power move on the Bessemer & Lake Erie came into town with three Illinois Central SD70s in the consist.

After making some images of the 765 during its service stop in Conneaut Yard, we made our way west to the final photo op of the day in Painesville.

I wanted to get an image along the Grand River of the train crossing the trestle. I’ve seen many images taken from river level of trains on the trestle and getting that shot has been on my “to do” list for a long time.

Two factors worked against doing that image on this day. First, the gray sky would not offer much contrast. Second, I didn’t want to walk past some poison ivy plants on the trail to the river because I was wearing shorts.

I also wasn’t keen on the alternate route along the river’s edge through the mud and the large rocks. So we set up at the west edge of the trestle in town.

The 765 was nearly within sight when a Painesville police officer came along and moved us away from the end of the bridge.

I wish I had had more time to consider alternative locations, but that wasn’t to be. I did the best I could with the impromptu location that I chose.

Article and Photographs by Craig Sanders

The first of a three-shot sequence crossing the trestle over Chautauqua Creek in Westfield, New York.

The first of a three-shot sequence crossing the trestle over Chautauqua Creek in Westfield, New York.

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Blowing the whistle for the Gulf Road crossing.

Blowing the whistle for the Gulf Road crossing.

The 765 took it slow crossing the Painesville trestle over the Grand River.

The 765 took it slow crossing the Painesville trestle over the Grand River.

Cruising at Painesville.

Cruising at Painesville.

The 765 crew waves to onlookers in Painesville. An online report said that Doyle McCormick would be at the throttle of the 765 as it left Conneaut.

The 765 crew waves to onlookers in Painesville. An online report said that Doyle McCormick would be at the throttle of the 765 as it left Conneaut.